Whistleblowing, Alleged Corruption and Police Investigations

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear East Lothian Council,

Please state the number of reported whistle blowing cases
involving staff and officers of the authority for 2011, 2012 and
2013

2. Please state the number of reported whistle blowing cases
involving elected members for 2011, 2012 and 2013

3. Please state the number of cases where wrong doing was found
against a member of staff or elected member for 2011, 2012 and 2013

4. Please state what actions were taken eg: dismissed for gross
misconduct, fraud, theft , a final written warning, a verbal
warning, referred to the Standards and Ethics Board etc

5. Has the Local Police Force ever investigated any members of
staff or officers or elected members for allegations of
fraud,corruption, misappropriation of funds, acceptance of bribes
or gifts contrary to the Bribery Act 2010 or theft?

6. If so what was the outcome of any such investigations

7. Has the local Police Force ever removed property, equipment or
data from any of the Local Authority premises within the last 3
years

8. Please supply a copy of both your Whistleblowing Policy and your

Yours faithfully,

M Phillips

Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

Thank you for your email. Your enquiry will be registered and we will send you a formal acknowledgement as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you may be interested to learn that, in order to increase openness and accountability, East Lothian Council publishes Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations requests and responses on its website. Please click here<http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/site/custo...> to be directed to the relevant pages.

Shelley Neville
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer
Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services
East Lothian Council
John Muir House
Haddington
EH41 3HA

Tel: 01620 827623
Fax: 01620 827253
Email: [East Lothian Council request email]<mailto:[East Lothian Council request email]>

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council are published here<http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/704/d...>.

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Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

Our Ref:  2014/125(5883)

 

Dear Sir or Madam

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS 2004

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Your enquiry has been registered and passed to the appropriate department
for action.  Our response should be issued to you no later than 3 March.

 

If you require any assistance in the meantime please do not hesitate to
contact me. 

 

Yours faithfully

 

Shelley Neville

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer

Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [1][East Lothian Council request email]

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[2]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [3]here.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement
of Scotland's freedom of information laws.  Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [4]website.

 

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Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

2 Atodiad

Our Ref:  2014/125(5883)

 

Dear Sir or Madam

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

 

In response to your enquiry of 1 February, on behalf of East Lothian
Council (ELC) I am now able to provide copies of our Whistleblowing Policy
and Gifts and Hospitality Policy; please refer to the PDF attachments.

 

The remaining information requested is not recorded and in view of this,
under Section 17(1)(b) of the Act, I must formally advise you that ELC has
been unable to comply with parts 1 to 7 of your request as the information
you require is not held. 

 

Under the terms of this legislation, if you are unhappy with the way your
request has been handled, you are entitled to request that we undertake an
internal review.  Please note, however, that both the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information
(Scotland) Regulations 2004 only relate to the release of information. 
The Scottish Information Commissioner publishes the following guidance
about internal reviews:

 

You can ask the authority to review its decision if it does not respond or
you are unhappy with the way it has dealt with your request, for example
by:

 

·                     refusing to give you the information

·                     failing to reply to you within the time limit
allowed

·                     claiming the information is exempt

·                     failing to give you advice about, and help with,
making your request

·                     asking you to pay a fee that you feel is
unreasonable

 

For example, if you are unhappy because you do not believe the information
you have received is accurate, an internal review would not apply.  Should
this be the case, however, please let me know and I will try to resolve
this.  If I am unable to help, I will be happy to put you in touch with
someone who can.

 

We must receive a request to review within 40 working days of the date of
this notice.  A request to review our decision must be in writing (e-mail
is acceptable) or another permanent format.  When writing, you should
include your reasons as to why you are unhappy with our response and why
you wish for it to be reviewed.  Your reasons of dissatisfaction must
relate to your information request of 1 February only and should be
addressed to:

 

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Compliance Officer

Law & Licensing

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Email: [1][East Lothian Council request email]

 

We will have a maximum of 20 working days from the date we receive your
request in order to complete our review and give you our decision.  In
order to ensure an impartial approach, an independent senior officer will
be appointed to carry out the review.

 

If you are still not satisfied with our decision following the review
process, then you may ask the Scottish Information Commissioner to
investigate the matter.  You may contact the Commissioner at:

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

 

Telephone:  01334 464610

Fax:  01334 464611

E-mail:  [2][email address]

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the Commissioner’s decision, you may
be able to appeal to the Court of Session.   You should, however, obtain
legal advice before deciding on this course of action.  This is because an
appeal may only be made on a point of law, not because you disagree with
the Commissioner’s view of the case. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Shelley Neville

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer

Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [3][East Lothian Council request email]

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[4]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [5]here.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement
of Scotland's freedom of information laws.  Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [6]website.

 

 

 

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Dear Freedom Of Information,

Please review this foi as I have not been given information in relation to wrongdoing.

Yours sincerely,

M Phillips

Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

Thank you for your email. Your enquiry will be registered and we will send you a formal acknowledgement as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you may be interested to learn that, in order to increase openness and accountability, East Lothian Council publishes Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations requests and responses on its website. Please click here<http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/site/custo...> to be directed to the relevant pages.

Shelley Neville
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer
Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services
East Lothian Council
John Muir House
Haddington
EH41 3HA

Tel: 01620 827623
Fax: 01620 827253
Email: [East Lothian Council request email]<mailto:[East Lothian Council request email]>

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council are published here<http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/704/d...>.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

Our Ref:  2014/125(5883)

 

Dear Sir or Madam

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

 

Thank you for your email.

 

I note that you have asked that an internal review be carried out as you
have not been given information in relation to wrongdoing.  As explained
in our response of 3 March, however, we do not hold any information
regarding parts 1 to 7 of your request (copied below).  This includes
cases of wrongdoing (part 3).

 

1.   Please state the number of reported whistle blowing cases involving
staff and officers of the authority for 2011, 2012 and 2013

 

2.   Please state the number of reported whistle blowing cases involving
elected members for 2011, 2012 and 2013

 

3.   Please state the number of cases where wrong doing was found against
a member of staff or elected member for 2011, 2012 and 2013

 

4.   Please state what actions were taken eg: dismissed for gross
misconduct, fraud, theft , a final written warning, a verbal warning,
referred to the Standards and Ethics Board etc

 

5.   Has the Local Police Force ever investigated any members of staff or
officers or elected members for allegations of fraud,corruption,
misappropriation of funds, acceptance of bribes or gifts contrary to the
Bribery Act 2010 or theft?

 

6.   If so what was the outcome of any such investigations

 

7.   Has the local Police Force ever removed property, equipment or data
from any of the Local Authority premises within the last 3 years

 

I am sorry if this was not made clear in our original reply but if I can
be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me. 

 

Yours faithfully

 

Shelley Neville

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer

Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [1][East Lothian Council request email]

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[2]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [3]here.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement
of Scotland's freedom of information laws.  Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [4]website.

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir